Multiplayer games are becoming more and more popular and for good reason: they’re insanely fun. It’s to the point where many franchises that were previously single player (such as Dragon Age and Mass Effect) are having multiplayer aspects incorporated into their newer releases in order to meet the demand for co-operative or competitive game play. While you can play these multiplayer games on whatever platform you bought them for (console or PC), you’re going to have to contend with a ton of players you may not want to interact with. This is why private servers tend to be so appealing to a lot of players. While a lot of people set up private servers to either make tweaks to the games (particularly older games like Ragnarok Online) or to be able to play exclusively with only certain people, a lot of people do it just because it’s entertaining. So if you’re interested in setting up your own gaming server but you’re not sure what games will work best, it’s time to take a look at some of the hottest and enjoyable multiplayer games out there so you can make your choice.
Team Fortress 2
This FPS, released by Valve, was released in 2007. However, the fact that it’s 8 years old hasn’t diminished its playability or success. There are numerous competitive TF2 leagues all across the world and there are also competitions that offer purses to the winners. In 2011 TF2 became free to play. There are still cosmetic items and weapons that can be purchased for the game through micro-transactions. A lot of public TF2 servers tend to ban certain weapons and items in order to streamline gameplay to suit the majority of the players on those servers, which is something you might want to consider if you’re thinking of setting up your own game server.
If you’re a gamer and you haven’t yet heard of Minecraft, you must be living under a rock. While this game has a single player mode, the multiplayer mode has become quite popular, which has led to the creation of many player-hosted servers. The multiplayer allows players to interact with each other in a shared world. Depending on the preferences of the server operator, private servers may have restrictions in place, as well as unique rules, in order to provide the players on that server with gameplay that they prefer. Some servers focus on offering competition to players, as well. If you love Minecraft and would love to play it with some of your close friends while tailoring the game to meet your specific desires, go for a private server.
Rust is a little different from the other kinds of games most commonly played on private servers. This game is a survival game, which focuses almost entirely on the player creating shelter, gathering resources, and living through attacks from wildlife. The game is multiplayer, which means that another huge threat to the player’s existence comes from other players. On player-hosted servers, factions between players are formed in order to make the game even more competitive.